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Fire Destroys Home in Somers, Conn.


SOMERS, Conn. (WGGB) — One person is homeless after a large house fire on the Massachusetts-Connecticut border.

Somers Fire Chief Gary Schiessl told ABC40 that the fire started at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday at the corner of Bilton Road and Hall Hill Road.

Chief Schiessl said he was the first on scene to find the ranch-style house completely engulfed in flames. The one person who lived in the home was able to get out safely.

Firefighters ran into trouble because of a downed live powerline that was attached to the house. Crews also had to keep a propane tank in the back of the house cool to prevent it from exploding.

Fire crews from East Longmeadow and Hampden as well as Connecticut crews from Enfield, West Stafford and Ellington helped in the attack.

The home is a total loss according to Schiessl.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Connecticut State Fire Marshall’s Office.

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